Thursday, April 17, 2014

How The Toddster Operates! - Part One


Toddster, You've Been A Very Bad Boy!  

Well I've been following this Todd Standing character since the early days of his antics.  My being an avid outdoorsman, so much of what he claimed just never added up.  From his claiming to have found a lost valley, known as 'Sylvanic' to the Native Indians, where you must crawl through a 2' X 2' hole through a mountain chain to get there.  Where if the entrance was covered with 4' of snow you couldn't find it.  How utterly ridiculous!   Then there's the 4 missing teens and Dan Hamilton, which of course there was never any actual proof of ever actually existing.  Then there is the Shill posts of Todd's on different forums.  I had noticed a pattern in certain support posts on one forum then another.    On each site the 'Toddster' posted, he also claimed to have received over 6,000 emails on each.  Yeah right!   Funny thing is, no legitimate persons on any of these sites actually took credit for writing him.   So anyway, I took what I had been pulling together over to GhostTheory after BFRO forum yanked everything, and Javier ran with it since Todd was at the time posting there too.  Especially when I suggested Todd was doing the same thing and that I bet some of those support posts on his site originated from the same IP Address as Todd.   Low and Behold as Javier would confirm, they did!   I then found out from one of the Admins at Alberta Sasquatch forums, that Todd was doing the same thing there too.  Todd sure did get around.  Todd you were Busted then and you are busted now as you will see.  This time however you can't hide the facts that will bury your fabrications!  

I've been collecting a lot of stuff about this guy over the last decade, and there is a LOT.  Some lost, other stuff misplaced, but most where I can find it even though it requires sifting through it to put pieces together.  And believe me, this guy Todd weaves one convoluted series of leapfrogged claims.  I say 'leapfrogged' because I have identified a very visible pattern of this in his behavior.  He'll run with one far-fetched claim and exhaust it, but before he wears it out completely or has to validate anything, he's onto the next claim, and so on.  He has done this over and over and over and he's very good at it.   Sadly, he has collected some naive followers and defenders along the way.  A few of which are now trying to put out fires for Todd with respect to what SweatyYeti exposed.  First the 'Toddfenders' were trying to say someone is photoshopping fake muppet head bigfoots, or whatever he calls that first bigfoot subject.   (Of course now there is a different statement from Todd, which he'd not dare validate because he doesn't know the meaning.)   Anyway, these guys need to give it up because they are just gonna to go down with the ship if they stick around.  Too bad Todd just lets his toddfenders deflect the crap he created in the first place.  Bad form Todd!    He's really got the silver tongue but everyone needs to recognize this before they get sucked in further. 

SweatyYeti, you made a great discovery in catching the missing branches in the so-called muppet head images.  You also got me looking harder at other images I've seen from Todd, and then I discovered something very enlightening about not only his video subjects, but also as it relates to his marketing tactics and overall business ethics, or lack thereof.

There's a lot more I want to discuss here about Todd too, but that would only further delay what I really want to get posted here.   So here it is, and my posting these items falls well within the Fair Use Law as well.  Hang on tight cause you might get a little dizzy as I have while piecing this fraud together.

So first up here an the animated gif image that Sweaty Yeti had posted over on BFF.  I had a copy of both subject angles, in somewhat better resolution then he had, and where the subjects happened to be looking in the same exact direction as one another.  Thus Sweaty Yeti was able to upgrade his image a bit without having to tweak angles.  And BTW, I go by 'Pragmatic Theorist' over on BFF.  Around the house here someone calls me the 'Pragmatic Terrorist'.  I can't understand why?  

Well here is Sweaty Yeti's gif, which does a great job revealing how everyone is being duped.   No doubt there is going to be more to surface on this too.

(It should be added that Todd Standing has stated that this surfaced about a year ago by someone who photoshopped it and that it was not solicited.  My question is, is the photoshopped face the person made, from the the correct orientation fake bigfoot or the reversed orientation fake bigfoot?)   



Here are the copies of the two somewhat higher resolution photos I had, and so I posted them as an over & under comparison on BFF as well.  


So then I got to searching through some of the other links and material I had, basically looking for more clues of contradictions in these and other photos & videos.  This image below is one Todd had previously said was that of a youngster.  And so I got to looking closely at this image.   The little guy is just toooo cute isn't he? lol


My sniffer for coverups however is now in overdrive, but I know I needed to validate each image hereafter as officially belonging to Todd Standing so as to establish that all important provenance.  So I went through his past material and found this video on Sylvanic Bigfoot's YouTube Page.  This is HIS video that he put together after getting lost.  (Oh and I have something to say about those growls he has a recording of, but that is for another blog post.)   Anyway, I now begin following a very juicy hunch.  Except for this which it seems just got covered with a second ad at the start, the time stamps are on each clip so you can go right to the exact spot.  Still load them on your computer as soon as possible before the videos disappear!  But basically the below image establishes this right handed orientation of the bigfoot as belonging to Todd Standing.  Stay with me.


So I reversed the image above horizontally and here's what I ended up with.  These are one and the same image, just reversed.  No other manipulation involved.  Now wait a minute, that face is looking familiar isn't it?  One thing to also keep an eye on is the small branch in front of his nose.  The sunlight on it changes significantly with different shots, meaning much time went by between them.  That's one cooperative bigfoot.  lol


Now some of you might be seeing a few other clues by now too besides that little branch in front of his face.  Keep in mind, these are each authenticated as coming from Todd Standing of Sylvanic.  They are HIS images, authorized by him in his own videos.  Keep looking closely at the branches, they remain exact opposites of one another as in the above photos.  If you don't believe me, capture the images for yourself and flip them horizontally on your own computer.   

Okay but there are more dots to connect, and unfortunately for Todd, many more places where both views are used.  In the shot below, Todd has moved his position with the camera, and can you believe it, the bigfoot isn't even looking at him and yet the branch remains as does the stick stub.  

So once again here is the first orientation re-validated from one of his Search And Rescue videos.   And as the subtitles say, it is "Todd Standing's Actual Footage" with camera data & all so there is no arguing it is owned by Todd.    These are very fast snapshots in the video so use the counter.



Here's another use by Standing of the left orientation from Todd's own Facebook Page.  And once again it is an EXACT reversal of the above.   In all of these images and videos of course, Todd did the reversing not me.  Of course he also says it is of a "Real Bigfoot, Sasquatch".  Right!    Oh and note those familiar branches are still there… 


Everyone still keeping their eyes on the two sticks identified by the arrows?   The below are simply crops of the reversals above and highlighting the sticks.  These are two completely different promo videos by Todd Standing but being manipulated simply by reversing them to expand his so called success as a bigfoot researcher.  (Todd, you are a joke!)    Of course he's used them in many other shots as well.  Its what he does, its who he is.  All he's done is manipulate his lighting, contrast, sharpness, depth of field, camera orientation, and distance, but they are the same exact subject images only being reversed to create different scenes using the magic of his studio.  



And yet again, here is another video by Todd Standing with the opposite orientation again.  The upper branch stub is slightly obscured but the other one in front of his nose remains.   Again note the lighting change.   This was all done in a very controlled environment.   Todd, you are just too crafty for your own good.  Your hoax became so convoluted you were bound to make mistakes.  We just needed to catch them.  




Keep an eye on those sticks everyone, as they are once again below.  Proof again and again that Todd utilized the same image from the opposite reversed orientation in yet another clip of one of his videos.   This video was made after Adrian Erickson offered Todd $2 million for his Bigfoot Body campaign.  I tried to warn everyone involved.  They can't say I didn't.  


Yes Todd, Now Everything Will Change! lol

So basically he's been reversing his concocted videos and stills to fool all his viewers and supporters.  He's able to manipulate these images and videos by tweaking the lighting, branches, and other settings to suit his needs.  Will the REAL Muppet Head please stand up?  Yep, that's YOU TODD!!!  

Sheesh Todd, this time pack up your gear and leave town.  You've been royally busted!  Reversing images to expand your product and make people believe you have secured such footage is very unethical.  Didn't you charge people for copies of this stuff too?  How many financial opportunities did you open up by using these fabricated images and videos?   Hmm, what's that name people are calling you?  You know, the one you acknowledged on the radio with Jeff?   Yeah, the one that begins with an 'F' and ends with a 'D', then ends in Standing?  So just how much money did you bilk from people by getting them to believe that both these angles were of a real live bigfoot?  You crossed the line this time.   And it really doesn't matter that you gave some of the early funds to an animal shelter, you still bilked people under false premise.  And you want to HIRE people like Jeff Meldrum to do research using money that was earned this way?   I'll be looking forward to seeing a change in direction from some involved after this comes out.  

And to those few individuals who have been defending Todd, well you too had better take a closer look at the person who fooled you too.   They're all FAKE guys, bail ship while you can cause your fearless leader has taken everyone for a ride.  And if there is anyone who is part of Todd's little scheme, you might want to make yourself incognito for a while.  Oh and the excuses for what Sweat Yeti figured out, just doesn't fly for anyone whose got a brain.   His excuse won't fly here either because everyone was led to believe in both orientations as being his videos.  

And if Todd has recently found some locations where there are Bigfoot, I believe they belonged to others and were taken over.  He's basically leapfrogged his way to where he is, before this evidence emerged by building trust of those who actually do know where there are bigfoot.  He might have a little trouble with that from here on out tho.  To those well known people who have attached your name to Todd, I recommend you too reverse your involvement with haste.  For those like Adrian who have provided financial support and were also fooled, good luck recouping your investment, but the above examples should provide you a good case.   

We know there are more images and video out there to substantiate this part of Todd's hoaxing, so if anyone has something that corresponds to what I've posted above, please let me know and send it to me.  Or if something applies to Sweaty Yeti's gif work, please send that to him, or just send to both of us and we'll correspond to clean this crap up in the bigfoot field.  Make copies of what you have found and seen here too before it gets deleted. With what Sweaty Yeti over on BFF found, and the above, the Toddster is done fooling people.  And if there is someone out there who tries to defend Todd from here on out, well you can bet they are somehow in his pocket.  

I may do some editing or make other additions to this post as more information surfaces, so check back occasionally.  You never know what other juicy tidbits about Todd may be uncovered.  Oh and there is so much I want to say too… 

Oh and Todd, you don't know squat about nature.  The tree breaks you claimed were caused by Sasquatch as boundary markers are nothing but damage from snow loading.  The other downed trees were nothing but accumulated blowdown.   Read my paper linked on the side of this blog about tree breaks, you might learn something!  Just keep it to yourself because we don't want to hear anymore claims from you.  

Stay Tuned For Part Two

Monday, June 3, 2013

Honor of Being Booted by Renowned Psychologist Matthew Johnson (Big Smile)



How many people have been booted by Matthew Johnson at Team Squatchin USA?  Don't know but seems I am the latest booting victim as of Sunday.  (Big Smile!!) :)   I'm not a new voice in this field but I haven't been very public under my actual name.  I've gone by PragmaticTheorist over on BFF but I haven't posted there lately either just because of time availability.  I also don't think much of hoaxers or hoaxes and have helped expose a few.   I am an avid outdoorsman and hunter.  I know the woods and have had more then most people's share of bigfoot encounters.  My first encounter was 34 years ago in Yosemite National Park where I lived and worked for 3 years.  

Now let me first say, I don't mind publicity when it comes to projects I've worked on.  There have been hundreds of news stories in past decades for projects that had my name attached.  I've held a number of press conferences and have given numerous presentations.  On the other hand, and like I said above, I haven't been very public when it comes to bigfoot.  This has been mostly by choice but maybe that will soon change.  I've done only one formal presentation on tree breaks and one radio show within the field.   I can hold my ground in a debate, plus I am someone with years of experience in this mystery.   I have my own provocative but thought-out concepts.  I can make quality presentations.  I am organized when I need to be.    I also don't mind confronting those who I feel are pulling the wool over everyones eyes, intentional by them or not.  

Well, here's what I have to say about the good Doctor Johnson.  He appears intent on controlling the direction of discussion at his site.  He does not like to be challenged.  He does not like it when you don't agree with him.  Matthew says that bigfoot are connected to Cain because THEY TOLD HIM SO!  Due to this he feels they are our friends.  Well, that is clearly a Biblical claim and so myself, Ron Morehead and a few others were proposing that they may actually be related to the Nephilim instead.  The good doctor does not like this concept.  There you have it, one Biblical theory over another.  Crazy huh?    Well, then I proposed to Matthew that maybe the bigfoot he spoke with are actually deceiving HIM.  Well I suppose Matthew REALLY didn't like that idea.  The doctor, being deceived?  OMG!!  

I should point out, I also have a relationship with Ron Morehead's daughter Rhonda.  We don't know where it will go but we are doing our best to make it work.   Rhonda had a story of something that happened to her by bigfoot that was very unpleasant.   I guess its something Matthew didn't want people to hear about because it would put doubt in peoples minds about what they are really like.  Matthew KNEW it was HER story too and after I posted it at her request on his 'Team Squatchin' site since she is not a member, it was quickly removed.  Someone else there had also recently posted that he was seeing his posts deleted, and since I had now seen a few of mine disappear, well I questioned Matthew why he deleted Rhonda's story.  I never received an answer and my question was removed and then so was I.  Has Matthew been in psychology so long that he cannot help but need to control what people think?   Has it become an art?

Let's consider that Matthew REALLY had a bigfoot tell him they were descendants of Cain.  Remember that is Matthew's claim!  Okay then, the whole premise behind this is that Cain SLEW his BROTHER Abel.    Cain was then marked and sent to wander the Wilderness.  Keep in mind, Cain also LIED to God about the murder, so is Matthew more immune then God is to being lied to?   Also according to Matthew, they told him "WE (Bigfoot) ARE OUR BROTHER'S KEEPER".  Okay so I ask this of you Matthew Johnson: What if the BROTHER you think they are talking about, is actually themselves?  So why couldn't they be lying to you too Matthew, like they did God?  What makes you so immune to detecting lying?  I previously asked him if they could be talking about their OWN kind when they say "Brother's Keeper" but Matthew apparently didn't like that possible interpretation either and he never answered.  I'd say Matthew has some REAL Soul Searching to do if he believes what these Sasquatch are allegedly telling him!

So I'm thinking, we're supposed to believe an unknown species that basically wants us to trust them?   One that claims they are descendants of Cain (Killer of his brother and Cain also lied to God).  So to be cautious, just in case there is indeed a Biblical connection, I must consider that someone (Matthew Johnson) is the one being deceived here.   I won't get into further validation of either concept here, but lets just say for the sake of argument that these cunning and intelligent bigfoot who can get inside people's heads & become invisible at will, do actually have some evil underlying agenda (I emphasize lying).  Yeah I know how corny the whole thing sounds, but again bare with me and if their DNA does turn out to be half human and half unknown, well there may be more to all this besides conjecture.  So let's just say they are demonic or alien for arguments sake, and remember, Matthew has admitted he HAS talked with them using Mindspeak.  If his claim from HIS perspective is true, then what if Matthew is the one actually being deceived here?  What if these bigfoot KNOW that if they can convince someone with Matthew's caliber to be one of their 'Human Protectors', well they have an easy route to deceiving lots more humans who may just follow like sheep.    So yeah, I am going to challenge Matthew's claim even though he is being childishly cowardly in his response.  Not that he doesn't believe his experience which I am not doubting actually took place in some fashion, but because he may indeed be the one being deceived by this species he admits to having Mindspeak experiences with.  

I want to acknowledge something else here.  I have had one such similar experience with these beings some 30 years ago, soon after my first encounter.  I had moved to Oregon and there was a sighting reported in the local news by hunters.  Well several friends and I decided to go out and hunt one of these bigfoot, and once and for all prove their existence.  Keep in mind I was still fairly young (early 20's) and like other young people, I didn't have the best judgement either.  Well the night before we were to leave on this week-long expedition to the Eagle Cap Wilderness, I was awakened in the middle of the night by a horribly loud scream sort of in my room, which nobody else in the house heard.  I sat up in bed awake as I still heard the scream.  After less than a minute as things got quiet and I calmed down, I was then told:  "DON'T COME LOOKING FOR US!!" in no uncertain terms 'in my head'.    This type of mind experience with them has only happened once in my life even though I've had a few other very odd encounters.   I've been truly afraid a few times in my life and that was one of the worst.   Another time was 6 years ago having a bigfoot cut me off on the trail while I was deer hunting in the Cascades.  I ended up having to approach him (with my German Shepherd at my side) in order to pass as it was nearing dark.  Anyway, after that experience 30 yrs ago I never desired to harm one again and realized that 'there is something unusual, different, and maybe even special about the species.   That doesn't mean I trust them as a species because they've got abilities that aren't normal.   Ya, as many claim, their eyes can literally glow red and they can get in your head.  Many bigfooters have seen bright lights, ufo's, and orbs connected to them.  I've never seen this but I do know that brilliant light doesn't automatically mean being associated with God or goodness.   I have also seen how people can become so obsessed with this subject, and that's not necessarily a good thing.  

I have experience herein and Matthew should be more cautious about who to be rude to.  I believe he's got tunnel vision after what he probably considers a very spiritual event, he is corralling what are essentially becoming followers into Groupthink.  Yeah I say followers.  His ideas could eventually be dangerous to humanity as the acceptance of these beings grow, which is evidently his desire too.   Consider this, as bigfoot's existence reaches into everyone's reality, that may also signal changes we cannot yet comprehend.   Why do I say this?  Because these bigfoot do like it when we talk about them.  Ask any of the habituates who are deeply involved whether bigfoot like it when we talk about them.    And so, Evil does like the attention too as many discovered with the old Ouija Boards when young.    Yeah they are a people, but as the old saying goes, 'beware the olive branch' because one seems to have been presented to Matthew Johnson.  These beings do mess with people on a still not-understood level and there are plenty of veteran big footers out there who have long ago learned this.  What gives Matthew 'Carte Blanche' when it comes to knowing what is truth or lies from 'Cain's Descendants' when God himself was lied to by Cain?  He may have one or more degrees in HUMAN Psychology, but these creatures are different and he's got NO DEGREE with them.  

I have no vendetta against Matthew but I am calling him out on his rudeness, arrogance and just plain old poor common sense.  He's shut himself off from an important voice in this mystery.  He may find himself sinking in his error and he has only himself to blame.   Maybe he should reflect on his views some more, just like he did when he figured out how wrong he was with another well known female bigfooter.   

And readers, its a strange strange world out there and things may become stranger before they reach any sort of normal we desire.  

Friday, October 28, 2011

Once A Classified Species

Sorry to everyone for the delays, I'm not yet in the groove with keeping up a blog, especially amidst so much going on lately.   There are so many issues I truly want to address, but I must admit it's been challenging to focus on just one subject at a time.   But finally, and while lengthy, here's one of the topics I had been working on.   Hopefully it will offer those wanting to prove these beings existence something more to think about.   Why?  Because like with no other species that man has uncovered, these beings do appear to be a 'people' of sorts, and thus we are saddled with a never-before level of responsibility when exposing them.    While I have other concerns as well, this is not the time to address those.  

The word is that we are headed down the final DNA path where proof of Sasquatch' existence will be shared with the world.    As a repeat witness, I personally don't require DNA proof to know they exist, but most of the world doesn't have that benefit.   That aside, I believe that proving their existence, may be a much more complicated matter then most scientists within the field may themselves presently realize.   I contend that there is great responsibility which itself entails comprehending there may be a great cost.   Possibly the greatest misconception for all, is believing that their protection, post verification, will bring guaranteed peace for the species.  While I didn't always realize it, this is where I have serious doubts.  Just about every person who calls themselves a researcher, evolves thru the thought process of wanting to 'prove their existence, so they can be protected'.   No doubt this is a noble goal, but it may also be quite naive.  Establishing their safety after being outed, isn't going to be so automatic!    What will the real cost be of forcing these beings out of legend and into reality?  Clearly such a change won't be by these beings choice either, and its obvious that they prefer to remain largely hidden from our world.   (For whatever their reasons.)   We may actually be opening up a Pandora's Box in more ways then we can possibly comprehend.  Why?  Partly because there are as yet unseen players who will do whatever they can to exploit the species in ways most aren't even comfortable in considering.   Laws won't deter criminal behavior when there is a profit that can be made, and that is what hasn't been completely thought through in this quest to prove their existence.

So what possible outcomes could there be after the much talked about DNA evidence is published?  Will the world of science even accept the results based on hairs, tissue, or other partial samples?  Many still doubt it.   And if not, then what?   What if science collectively demands what many have already assumed they'd say: 'We need a body!'?   Will the cat be out of the bag, but without enough evidence for protection, will a new accelerated race begin?    Those in the field who have researched the subject extensively may be more inclined to accept said evidence, but those who haven't ever been engaged in discussions or read the multitude of anecdotal accounts, may not be so quick to acquiesce acceptance of their existence.   Science and society may still demand a specimen, and this may set a new stage we have not experienced before.    Of course first will come a period of doubt of the claims and maybe even ridicule given events like the Georgia hoax.    While a peer-reviewed report will hold up to relative scrutiny, the powers that be in government may drag their feet.   When government agencies are asked by news media to acknowledge whether there is something out there, what will they say?   Will they respond honestly or will they take the same path of denial or 'no-policy'?   Even if they do acknowledge something is out there, there may still be an overwhelming demand from the scientific community saying 'we want to examine a body!'. What then?  Will we end up in a sort of never ending foot-dragging?

As a result, a sasquatch body may instantly become worth several million dollars, its already worth more then the $1 million offered in the past, but this will be a whole new race when we enter this next phase.   There likely won't be any restrictions on how death ultimately occurs for newcomers to the race.   A new 'specimen-value' will find its own place within society.  The race will begin and there is nobody in charge or any rules or ethics guidelines to follow.   Point is, Sasquatch may soon become a commodity despite everyone's good intentions today.

Up until now, Sasquatch has been mostly limited to legend within society.  The vast majority of the population has never seen one.  Some may never accept that such a species could even exist.   But with all the recent talk about DNA studies, bigfoot bodies, shootings, are we entering a new era?   Are we also ill prepared for the changes to come?  Everyone believes "They need to be protected!"    This desire for 'protection' has been the justification for why many bigfooters are out there trying to prove they exist.   Is this a good enough reason however?   Some justify killing one as a specimen in order to fulfill that goal.  From their perspective, the ultimate protection of the species remains a worthwhile goal.  But I must ask, how many Sasquatch have been maimed in this unfulfilled goal over the years?  Do we ever hear details of the undocumented attempts of their failures?   Apparently there was one more of these failed attempts just this Summer.   I am aware of a few other well organized attempts of the past, but I suspect many more failed efforts are kept secret.   Still, the race continues to harvest one.   That said, more and more of these hunter/researcher groups are beginning to understand the methods required to possibly harvest a specimen.  Its not pretty either.   The problem is, the individuals willing to take the step in harvesting one haven't realized that these beings are definitely something more then just some giant ape.  They are a people.

Regardless, lets step forward a decade with a possible scenario.  Sasquatch has gained increased acceptance as a real species, even accepted by science.  For that matter, laws are on the books that have relegated them a protected status in the US and Canada.  They don't quite fit within your standard ESA Classification however.   They are found to be part human, but there are differences from us too. They are of magnificent size. They are wild and powerful. They even harness some unexplainable abilities and differences which their DNA fails to explain.

No doubt most people have good intentions but rarely are we able to think through the long term ramifications of our actions.  Its just not easy seeing into the future, but we can learn from past mistakes in real life situations.    A few years ago I even drafted up a 36 page Draft Petition to list Sasquatch as a Protected Species, because I was having such successes in the field and felt it was the right thing to do.   That petition language is buried away now because I realized there is much more to these beings then most will ever comprehend.  By their behavior, they also appear to not want to be proven.     So here's what needs to be pondered.   Will new laws protecting the species in the US and even Canada, prevent illegal activities such as poaching, or even attempts a poaching?  I don't believe so.   In other countries it requires full time armed patrols to protect gorillas in the wild.  We have illegal poaching of record elk here in the US just for a set of antlers.  Why should new laws be effective with Sasquatch?

There are a few scenarios that I have previously raised in forum threads. The first stems from my concern that once they are proven to exist, that a new Black Market will be created.  This is what most Protection Advocates haven't quite thought through.  It may be the inevitable natural progression of events in a society where such practices are already well organized and widespread.    First you have your egotistical mighty big game hunter that must have every species in existence mounted on his wall.   I'm a hunter too, but I would never condone killing one of these beings fur such a arrogant cause.   There are elements out there who kill for other reasons too.     Then you have the standard bush meat and parts market.  Some of this is driven by demand in third world countries that already have a view of the power transferred from consuming meat or using ground up powder of different species.   Even some modern Asian cultures still pursue parts for such purposes.  Imagine the virility some will see as coming from the great Sasquatch.

Within certain undeveloped cultures, there remains those who believe that one can gain an animal's characteristics by ingesting its parts. So under such ideology, imagine the strength and vitality one could gain from ingesting Sasquatch parts.  For anyone who does not think this is a problem worldwide with other animals, just check out these two links.  Thinking those elements will not 'try' to do the same with Sasquatch would be naive.   Of course being successful is another matter, but even that won't diminish this new level of harassment on the species.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=91869&page=1

Never Overpay for Bear Bile Again! : Zooillogix

So, for those who are driven by the desire to prove their existence, understand that you are taking on a responsibility for the species' well being that is far greater then what you may have previously considered. Will proving their existence, actually doom the only major advantage they actually had? Anonymity.  Those who don't want to see them harmed will essentially be powerless when organized criminal elements start seeing new financial opportunity.


There appears to be a lion share of researcher who believe that we have to prove them so they will be protected. Well, nothing may be farther from the truth once Sasquatch joins the library of existing genus.  Once they are considered REAL, a new pursuit of them will begin with a goal as seen in the images below.  And while this blog post may not be pretty, every researcher needs to consider the possible outcome. 






There are hundreds of sources for photos of this despicable trade. Don't be fooled in thinking that once Sasquatch are protected in US and Canada, that it will offer any real form of protection overall. The reality is, it will only create desire for a new extremely rare & exotic species, and hence creating a new market that few have contemplated possible .


Once they are proven to exist, what laws can possibly stop this kind of activity?  The following is part of just one of many busts that occur every year, but is only a small dent in the scheme of things. Will we be adding yet another species to the list to become part of the slaughter?

In the following photo there are 480 bear paws confiscated in an illegal smuggling bust in Russia.  This kind of impact can sterilize forests of wildlife.   




















Here is the larger news story which is just a small portion of the documented trade in illegal parts. Just imagine what the optional image of bigfoot could look like. So what will a bigfoot head or foot be worth?

Folks, I am raising these tough issues because I truly fear they have not been considered by those who are steaming ahead at full speed in their zeal.  I realize there has been decades of efforts by researchers to prove their existence, but understand, there is a reason why most Native American and First Nations people haven't shared proof before now. Frankly, there are also things in our universe that science remains ignorant of.  If there is one species on earth that resides partly unexplainable, Sasquatch is it, and DNA isn't going to reveal those less tangible elements. These are things we MUST think about! Don't think that some ESA Protection is going to prevent an attempted slaughter of individual sasquatch when opportunity arises either. Right now there is no market, but that is only because officially these beings do not exist and most people don't believe they do. Once they are proven to exist however, everything will change. So far, smugglers have had no reason to chase a species, that as far as they know, does not exist. Prove their existence and they will have every reason in the world to begin their pursuit in ernest. What will a Gallbladder or the foot or hand of a Sasquatch be worth? What will ground up powered bone be worth in the third world black markets? Have the laws to protect Tigers, Elephants, and other rare species, stopped those who don't care about obeying laws?  No.



Here's another stark reality, classifying Sasquatch as a new species alone, does not guarantee its protection.  They are different steps and processes.  What if the government subsequently comes forward and says that we have been aware of these entities for a while and the reports seem to be coming from a far greater number of people then would seem possible for a rare low-numbered species.  Therefore what if the government doesn't feel their numbers warrant protection?  What then?   Under normal scenario, the agencies involved often study the species for years in order to evaluate their numbers.   Other times there is immediate emergency protection.   In this case the field is hoping that they will proceed immediately towards protection.  What if they don't?    


Furthermore, if they fit within the Homo genus at least partly, then protection may not be coming from the traditional Endangered Species Act (ESA) route either.    After all, if they are human or part human, there are already laws on the books.  Why should they receive added protection?    Could the government say "well if they are human, there is nothing more for us to do."?   Of course we know they are different from us, but how is this demonstrated?   If we can't view them at will, how will their differences be delineated in order to show why they require special treatment within their realm of existence?    Point is, will the discussion of their protection evolve into a stalemate just as other seemingly progressive but confusing efforts do in government?   


Most Native people just assume to leave them alone.  Even more have long felt the need to keep the truth about them from newcomers on this continent.  They feel this way because they are being protective, they know from experience how Europeans have screwed up their own way of life and the land.   Why subject a rare people to the same treatment?

After all is said and done, I hope to not hear from those who are in the middle of the crucial research say: "My God, what have we done?" Its not so easy to think through these ramifications beforehand unless they have been laid out before them.   While many didn't think about it before this column, maybe now it won't be so easily ignored. Everyone involved has a responsibility here.   Are they doing what is right when you consider the potential costs such as outlined above?  I hope everyone with a hand in research looks closely at the photos I've posted above and mulls over just where we could end up in the future.   While proving their existence may be the ultimate outcome, people need to consider that their actions may have yet another unexpected bad outcome as well.  Just something to think about...